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Give the gift of connection this Giving Tuesday

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11-29-2016As 2016 draws to a close and the season of giving begins, we’re looking forward to 2017 and all that we’d like to do to further our mission of “supporting the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism.”

This year, we’re participating in Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29) and are asking you to join us. We’re asking you to give to JAWS in honor of the women in your life – especially the JAWdesses who inspire you to “lift as you climb.”
Give the cost of a week’s worth of coffee prepared by your favorite barista. Ask your family and friends to give to JAWS in lieu of buying you something else you don’t really need (or want) this holiday season.

Honoring Betsy Wade

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Congratulations to Betsy Wade, a journalism hero.

This JAWS pioneer was given a lifetime achievement award on Nov. 16 by the Society of the Silurians, an organization of veteran journalists in New York. Many JAWS members were present to honor her.

What a life of service to the profession Betsy has led. Her achievements have benefited journalists throughout the country by leading the way in making it possible for women to be hired in greater numbers in the nation’s newsrooms. In 1974, she was the lead plaintiff in a class action suit filed by women at The New York Times, where she had been hired in 1956 as the paper’s first woman copy editor in the paper’s 105-year history.

CAMP 2016: Time for a tech tuneup

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By Liz Seegert and Stephanie Yamkovenko, CAMP tech training organizers | Photo by Viktor Hanacek

Are you a newbie when it comes to Google Tools? Do you know a tweet from an Instagram? Or are you a savvy social media user who wants to take your game to the next level? Then our CAMP Tech Training sessions are for you!

We’re doing things a little differently this year, with more focused workshops that fit in to the rest of the CAMP schedule. We are coordinating three sessions that run the gamut from Twitter 101 to livestreaming to optimizing your workflow through Google.

Journalism and Women Symposium partners with news columnists

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DENVER – Journalism and Women Symposium and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists are creating a partnership to share and promote their conferences and work.

JAWS’ mission is to support “the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism” and to work “toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.” What started as a small group of female journalists in the 1980s has grown into a thriving nonprofit organization of more than 800 women journalists.

CAMP 2016: Why attend CAMP

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By Casey Hynes, JAWS Regional Captain

When I came to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) as an Emerging Journalist fellow last year, I was excited but also nervous and intimidated. Sure, I had seen the newsletters promising that the Conference and Mentoring Project isn’t your average conference (something I might have guessed when I read that everyone should come wearing their favorite big earrings). But I was still unsure of how I’d fit in or if I belonged among this talented group of women.

CAMP — and JAWS more broadly — exceeded my every hope and expectation. From the moment I arrived, every JAWdess I met was warm and welcoming. Journalists whose work I admired were willing to chat about career strategies and story ideas. The outpourings of support and advice were incredible. All of the keynotes and breakout sessions were led by smart, experienced women, and the sense of sisterhood was palpable. It didn’t matter if we were talking shop over cocktails or sharing our encounters with sexism. There was a constant air of camaraderie and understanding.

CAMP 2016: Sharing is caring

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By Marina Villeneuve, JAWS CAMP co-chair

Sharing is caring — and it’s no different at CAMP.

Whether it’s a pen during a workshop, coffees before early morning sessions or a tasty meal at a nearby diner, the annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is a time when things are freely shared.

We especially love sharing rides and hotel rooms. A list is available for those looking for a ride or a roomie, or for those with a room or car to share.

JAWS attends UNITY Caucus

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Journalism & Women Symposium logoBy Lottie Joiner, Washington, D.C. co-regional captain

In June, JAWS attended the third annual UNITY Diversity Caucus. UNITY Journalists for Diversity advocates fair and accurate coverage of diverse communities including race, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation. The organization also encourages media outlets to hire staff who reflect the country’s diversity.

Representatives from more than a dozen media outlets and organizations including NPR, the Online News Association, McClatchy, Nieman Journalism Lab, USA Today Network, Fund for Investigative Journalism, The Washington Post, Maynard Institute and CNN attended the Caucus session, held June 17 at American University in Washington, D.C.

CAMP 2016: Why CAMP matters

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jessica_langloisBy Jessica Langlois, JAWS Southern California Co-Captain

I just registered for the 2016 JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), which will be held in Roanoke, Va., Oct. 28 to 30 – and I hope you will do the same! You can check out the schedule and register here.

Here’s why CAMP matters.

My first JAWS CAMP was in 2012 in Albuquerque, N.M., and I can trace so many milestones in my career back to that weekend.

Contribute to CrowdRise campaign for 2016 CAMP fellows

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11.1.2014_JAWSCAMP_EllieVanHoutte-3953By Georgia Dawkins, JAWS Board Member

Two years ago, more than 200 women welcomed me and the other 2014 fellows into this sisterhood.

The experience began before we ever arrived in Palm Springs, California. For some of us, it started before we got accepted into the fellowship program.

The women of Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) were already raising money for our travel, lodging and training. Before we could ask our family and friends for financial assistance, hundreds of women we’d never met were already investing in our future. This year, 13 women will get the chance to experience the sisterhood that we can’t do without.